TIA Government Affairs team has been very active over the past few months advocating for standards development. Citing TIA comments and advocacy, the Bureau of Industry and Security released a rule expanding the ability of U.S. companies to participate in global standards development. Provisions drafted in part by TIA supporting U.S. standards development were also included in the recently passed CHIPS and Science Act that aims to surge production of American-made semiconductors, tackle supply chain vulnerabilities to make more goods in America, revitalize America’s scientific research and technological leadership, and strengthens America’s economic and national security at home and abroad.
TIA Government Affairs has also been involved with ongoing broadband initiatives. They met with senior White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) officials to discuss the application of Buy America requirements to broadband programs and engaged with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) regarding how the federal government can more effectively engage on broadband infrastructure investment. TIA Government Affairs also held a series of meetings with National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) officials to discuss Buy America waivers for the Middle Mile Broadband program.
TIA’s Mike Regan spoke at ANSI’s workshop on global supply chain security for microelectronics standardization, held on behalf of the Department of Defense (DoD). The July event was designed to assess standardization activities that will help DOD fulfill its mandate to establish standards for supply chain security for microelectronics products and services procured by DoD. Mike provided insight regarding TIA’s work on the supply chain security standard SCS 9001 for the telecommunications industry. Regan will also be speaking in sessions on October 3rd and 4th at the CyberShare Summit.
TIA Government Affairs recently filed Reply Comments to the FCC on improving receiver interference immunity performance, urging the Commission to look to the ICT industry for voluntary standards. TIA also met with the FCC on supply chain issues and with Senator Peters and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi in support of additional funding for the FCC’s rip and replace program.